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IT339 Legends, Conspiracies and Fake News in Italian Contemporary Culture

Module Code: IT339
Module Name: Legends, Conspiracies and Fake News in Italian Contemporary Culture
Module Coordinator: Professor Fabio Camilletti
Term 1 Tuesday 9-11 S0.18
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

Did you know that the far-right movement QAnon may have been inspired by an Italian novel of 1999? Since the 1960s, Italy's geo-political specificity made it a most vital cradle of conspiracy theories, contemporary legends, and more or less fake news, which were later disseminated on a global scale. From the political violence of the 1970s through the 'urban legends' of contemporary, multicultural Italy or the response of 'Italian Theory' to the Covid-19 pandemic, this module will offer a fascinating journey into the 'glocal' intersections between Italian culture and the contemporary world.
Through the analysis of novels, films, essays, and newspaper articles (all available in English translation), lectures will lead you through the history of Italy's 'divided memory' in the 20th and 21st centuries, from the legends of WWII and the memory of Fascism through the terrorist attacks of the 1960s and 1970s, the emergence of controiformazione (alternative information) and conspiracy theories in the 1970s and 1980s, the diffusion of urban legends across the 1990s, and the debate on post-truth of the 2000s.

This module will be open to all students across the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, including those who are not taking Italian language.


The module is taught through a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar each week (both face to face).


Assessment for 2023-24

10 minute seminar presentation (20%)

3000 word essay (80%)

Professor Fabio Camilletti

F dot Camilletti at warwick dot ac dot uk

Module outline